Good evening. We begin this Monday evening with the surge in delta variant.
South Korea's top health official, Jeong Eun-kyeong, said today that the more transmissible Delta variant, spreading quickly throughout the country, is making it difficult get the pandemic's fourth wave under control.
Delta has already led to several cluster infections and breakthrough cases at nursing facilities and military bases.
On Monday today the country reported 1,487 new cases of COVID-19, a slight decline from the day before due to fewer tests being conducted over the weekend.
All but 61 were locally transmitted, raising the total number of cases to date to more than 250-thousand.
Elsewhere, the European Union is reportedly set to recommend that its member states reintroduce restrictions on travelers from the U.S. because of the Delta variant, undoing a step it took just two months ago.
A decision will reportedly come on Monday, but it won't be binding on member states to reintroduce the rules.